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Lewmar portholes leaking

After 16year, rain water is coming in through my lewmar portholes of my moody S38. I am not certain if i need to change the rubber seal, or dismantling the port holes, chalking them and refitting them. Anyone has any suggestion please.
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Re: Lewmar portholes leaking

Take some advice from my hatch process...

In my boat, it actually ended up being the gasket material under the attachment for the hatch hinge to the glass on the hatch itself. THis ended being a big drama as the gasket is not sold by itself...you have to order a whole new friction hinge. The reordered friction hinge assembly ($84!!) ended up having gasket material that didn't plug my gap. So, I ended up going to home depot and getting weather stripping material of the appropriate thickness and using an x-acto knife to cut it to shape...$8 including the cost of the x-acto knife. That and a few spare parts for a lewmar friction hinge....grrrr

BTW, did I mention my *EXTREME* dislike for all things Lewmar customer service related? They're awful. If it is gaskets around the perimeter of the hatch/port...I feel sorry for you. Each gasket is like $30-$50.

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Re: Lewmar portholes leaking

Sorry to interupt but the friction hinges on those ports ..... is there any way to adjust them ? Some of ours are getting a bit loose.

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Sorry to interupt but the friction hinges on those ports ..... is there any way to adjust them ? Some of ours are getting a bit loose.
Do you mean your ports aren't staying open anymore? IF so, there is an allen bolt/hex bolt that i just tightened up. I'm sure eventually this will wear out and I'll have to put rubber spacers or rubber washers to keep things "tight"...but for now, I just crank down on the allen bolt.

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Do you mean your ports aren't staying open anymore? IF so, there is an allen bolt/hex bolt that i just tightened up. I'm sure eventually this will wear out and I'll have to put rubber spacers or rubber washers to keep things "tight"...but for now, I just crank down on the allen bolt.
Thanks for the reply and yes that is what I was talking about. I attacked one of them but as I wasn't sure if those hex bolts were there for that purpose i thought I'd ask rather than have one of the damn things shear off.

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After 16year, rain water is coming in through my lewmar portholes of my moody S38. I am not certain if i need to change the rubber seal, or dismantling the port holes, chalking them and refitting them. Anyone has any suggestion please.
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Maybe this is obvious, but check the rubber seals for organic matter. I keep mine clean, but I can't tell you how many boats I found when shopping in rainy weather several years ago that had leaks coming through, and I opened and found all sorts of organic decayed matter causing the leaks. Cleaning them eliminated the leaks. (I should have charged the owners for the service.)
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Re: Lewmar portholes leaking

Paul, you need to confirm where the leak is first. If the seals have gone bad and can't be replaced, try an auto body supply or RV supply to find a similar rubber, they often have quite a variety, more than the hardware stores.

My car trained me: I use ArmorAll regularly on all seals, and the rubber stays way more pliable and doesn't age or crack the way untreated rubber does.
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